Do You Chain Your Family Up and Treat Them Like Slaves?
What is happening to Lasah An Asian "Bull Tusker" Elephant Who Has Been Abused For Most Of His 37 Years. is par for the course with any Captive elephant not only in Malaysia, but all over the world.
Elephants being treated as slaves and the slave master trying to tell us how happy and healthy their chained animal slaves are... After all they are just like 'Part of their family.'
30 years ago Lasah was found wandering by himself near an oil palm plantation, he spent the next 18 years at an international zoological garden before returning to Malaysia in 1997, but not before fathering a young bull elephant at that zoo.
Lasah arrived in Langkawi Elephant Adventures amusement park on Langkawi island on March 1, 2006 and since that time Lasah worked as a model for some ads, as well as other Media jobs, but his main function in life has been working up to 15 hours a day as a slave, carrying around dimwitted humans who think "This is so cool, it's the greatest," unless of course you're the elephant.
Wildlife Planet on more than one occasion had to call out idiotic people like reporter Brooke Crum when this horses ass wrote an article about how wonderful it was to ride an elephant. The story appeared in the Abilene Reporter-News part of the USA today newspaper network.
Brooke Crum wrote "Janis, the 38-year-old Asian elephant, did her duty calmly, steadily walking in a circle so youngsters could enjoy a ride on her back." Whooo Whooo you can you just feel the excitement in the air.
It must be so wonderful to be so clueless as to think being an elephant version of Uber, picking up passengers and walking around in a circle for years is just so much fun and exciting. Just knowing the excitement that awaits them after they are unchained in the morning, we can't understand why these elephants don't go berserk more often?
When Friends of the Orangutans (FOTO) exposed secretly recorded footage of Lasah’s hellish life many animal rights advocates were shocked. “This is the worst form of elephant abuse we have had the misfortune to come across,” says FOTO’S director Upreshpal Singh.
“Lasah is used and abused for tourist money and we were shocked to find him barbarically chained on all four legs when he isn’t being exploited. We’re inclined to think he’s chained in the same manner every night and it’s no surprise he is severely underweight.”
Normally a wild,elephant has a lifespan on average of about 55 years, at 37 Lasah is getting on in years, but instead living his golden years in peace and leisure in retirement, the long-suffering elephant is still being forced to carry tourists around on his back at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures.
We wrote a story years ago about Happy the Bronx Zoo's Forgotten Elephant and it's amazing how even on the other side of the world nothing changes. No matter where the Elephant is being help captive, a zoo, a park or any similar venue that when the spokesperson is interviewed by various media they all hit the 'How to answer questions about your Elephant slave' bullet-points.
In this case Langkawi Park Langkawi park’s director Serene Lau Xiao Woon didn't let us down when she responded to FOTO's exclusive report on this poor elephants mistreatment and abuse
Lasah like many captive elephants in places such as Kerala are kept chained all night and in some instances for days on end, when they aren't being used as slaves or props for religious celebrations.
Wildlife Planet believes an even more harsher treatment is often overlooked by many reporters.
These reporters just see the scars wrapping around the elephants legs, but elephant's like Lasah, Happy, Janis and just about every other captive elephant around the world, most people fail to see the scars made by the many years of living in isolation.
Elephants are an incredibly social animal and they thrive and even need the social bonds of the herd. The overwhelming amount of evidence clearly shows that when one of the herd dies, their community all mourn. Like Humans, Elephants comfort each other through this difficult time.
The herd protects and raises the newborns as a community rather than a single mother taking care of just her own and the herd as a whole shows the stress when another is in danger, even banding together in helping a baby when it gets stuck in a mud-hole or man made well..
Pushing everything else to the side, this isolation alone constitutes animal cruelty all by itself.
FOTO has been spearheading a publicity campaign to have Lasah taken away from the amusement park and transferred to an elephant sanctuary in Sabah so he could live out the rest of his life in well-earned retirement.
“Please speak up for him today” – by signing an online petition here – “and help ensure that he spends the remainder of his days at the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary, where he will have the companionship of other elephants, space, and care that he deserves.”